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Cattle on the Moonstone farm west of Montevideo move to a new paddock with the opening of an electric fence gate. The herd includes Angus and Lowline Angus. (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny)

Eager for the cackle of pheasants?


MONTEVIDEO -- Pheasant hunters eager to hear the cackle of their favorite game bird might want to listen first for the bellow of grazing cattle.

Wildlife managers are increasingly seeing the value of bringing cattle back to the landscape of western Minnesota. Hooved animals are important to the ecology of the grasslands that pheasants and other ground nesting birds require, including our native meadowlarks and bobolinks.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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